The song "Going Home" by Kenny G. was an American hit in the 80s. The New York Times reports it has spread across China, where it's played at stores and markets to signal closing time is near.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a song stuck in China's collective head - "Going Home," by Kenny G. It was an American hit in the '80s, and The New York Times reports it has spread all over China.
It's played at stores and markets all over the country to signal when closing time is near. Shopkeepers themselves aren't sure why. Maybe it's a signal to leave; maybe it just makes people want to go.
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